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There's no way to sugarcoat this. It's just an awful week for two-start pitchers.
This is not just a lament about who's out there on waivers. Even the highly-owned two-start options could give their owners something to be nervous about. If you're unhappy about how many homers Max Scherzer has been allowing this season, then you can't be pleased that he will be facing the potent Cubs' lineup in his first start in Fantasy Week 11 (June 13-19). In facing the Orioles and Mariners, David Price has to contend with two of the best power-hitting lineups against lefties in the American League. Chris Tillman gets the Red Sox and Blue Jays, two of the most powerful offenses against righties in the AL.
So if you don't like your rotation's matchups heading into this week, you're probably not alone. The selection of two-start pitchers on waivers isn't especially enticing, but it's not utterly barren either. Jerad Eickhoff has been on a good run (2.76 ERA in his last five starts), and he is still available in 39 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com. Martin Perez has notched quality starts in six of his last seven tries, and this week, he faces the Athletics and Cardinals, neither of whom has hit lefties all that well. Coming off back-to-back good starts, Brandon Finnegan (at ATL, at HOU) might be worth a try.
One pitcher not included in these rankings is Matt Cain, but he is one of my top two-start targets this week. For now, Albert Suarez is slated to start on Monday against the Brewers, but Cain (hamstring) may be ready to come off the disabled list to reclaim his spot in the rotation for that start. That would also line Cain up to pitch against the Rays, giving him the opportunity to oppose two of the top three teams in strikeout rate against righties. Cain had pitched well prior to going on the DL, so he could be primed for a big week.
Note: Pitchers with an asterisk (*) are relief-eligible in CBSSports.com Head-to-Head leagues.
|RANK||PITCHER||START 1||START 2|
|1||Jacob deGrom, NYM||vs. PIT||vs, ATL|
|2||Max Scherzer, WAS||vs. CHC||at SD|
|3||Zack Greinke, ARI||vs. LAD||at PHI|
|4||David Price, BOS||vs. BAL||vs. SEA|
|5||Kenta Maeda, LAD||at ARI||vs. MIL|
|6||Carlos Carrasco, CLE||at KC||vs. CHW|
|7||Chris Tillman, BAL||at BOS||vs. TOR|
|8||Kyle Hendricks, CHC||at WAS||vs. PIT|
|9||Yu Darvish, TEX||at OAK||at STL|
|10||Julio Teheran, ATL||vs. CIN||at NYM|
|11||Jake Odorizzi, TB||vs. SEA||vs. SF|
|12||Gio Gonzalez, WAS||vs. CHC||at SD|
|13||Drew Pomeranz, SD*||vs. MIA||vs. WAS|
|14||Jordan Zimmermann, DET||at CHW||at KC|
|15||Taijuan Walker, SEA||at TB||at BOS|
|16||Wei-Yin Chen, MIA||at SD||vs. COL|
|17||Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||at TOR||vs. ARI|
|18||Martin Perez, TEX||at OAK||at STL|
|19||Marcus Stroman, TOR||vs. PHI||at BAL|
|20||Sean Manaea, OAK||vs. TEX||vs. LAA|
|21||Edinson Volquez, KC||vs. CLE||vs. DET|
|22||Jimmy Nelson, MIL||at SF||at LAD|
|23||Brandon Finnegan, CIN*||at ATL||at HOU|
|24||Ervin Santana, MIN||at LAA||vs. NYY|
|25||Chase Anderson, MIL||at SF||at LAD|
|26||James Shields, CHW||vs. DET||at CLE|
|27||Nathan Eovaldi, NYY||at COL||at MIN|
|28||R.A. Dickey, TOR||vs. PHI||at BAL|
|29||Mike Bolsinger, LAD||at ARI||vs. MIL|
|30||Jered Weaver, LAA||vs. MIN||at OAK|
|31||Juan Nicasio, PIT*||at NYM||at CHC|
|32||Ricky Nolasco, MIN||at LAA||vs. NYY|
|33||Yordano Ventura, KC||vs. CLE||vs. DET|
|34||Colin Rea, SD||vs. MIA||vs. WAS|
|35||Matt Boyd, DET||at CHW||at KC|
|36||Albert Suarez, SF||vs. MIL||at TB|
|37||Alfredo Simon, CIN||at ATL||at HOU|